Worship is what we do!
Although all of our churches are open for worship we are still not back to our usual pattern of worship yet. Below is everything we used to do before the pandemic and we will update this as a new pattern of worship develops after 21st June 2021
Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our church services. We ask you to book; all the services are listed on our Services and Events booking. This gives us the details for NHS Test and Trace and we can let you know if there are late changes to our services.
Keep scrolling down if you would like more information about what to expect at the different services
Worship for All
Worship for All is the name we give to our church services where there is more provision for children, however they are for everyone.
These services are fun, with singing and activities for the whole family to engage in worship. The service duration is usually about 45 minutes. These are more restrictive now due to Covid restrictions. We also have recorded services and zoom services if you feel more comfortable staying at home.
These are our most relaxed services. Some people who are new to church find these a good place to start.
What is communion?
Communion is how we remember all that Jesus did. His life, his death, his rising from the tomb, and his promise to be with us and to make God known.
In the communion service we meet as the Lord has commanded us: to break the bread and drink the cup in memory of him.
(1 Corinthians 11.23-35)
Holy communion is the central act of worship in our churches. On a Sunday at 10 am a communion service is roughly one hour long. There will be hymns, bible readings and a sermon as part of the service. A midweek communion is about half an hour. We live-stream our 8am and 10am Sunday services from Tring if you prefer to stay at home. There is a prayer for spiritual communion within the service.
At a communion service:
We come together in the name of Christ to give thanks to seek forgiveness to hear God’s word, to pray for the needs of the world, and, to share in the mystery of Christ’s being present with us by sharing the bread and wine of his body and blood that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.
Worship for All style Holy Communion
Some of our communion services are more relaxed and are suitable for all ages so those bringing children may feel more comfortable at these.
During the Coronavirus restrictions these have been suspended for now. In Tring on the the first Sunday of the month there was always be a craft activity and some material for children. We sometimes used some different styles of music such as the Clap Hands Gloria.
In Long Marston we always tend to be a bit more relaxed.
Traditional Language Holy Communion
Our traditional language services come from The Book of Common Prayer.
It is poetic in feel and connects our worship to those from over 500 hundred year ago. These services tend not to contain music or hymns.
The beauty of the prose, and some of the magnificent prayers, has meant that the Book of Common Prayer is one of the most important books in the English language, and generations of churchgoers have grown up with it. For members of the Church of England it is the defining text as to what it is to be an Anglican. Some people find that the familiarity of the words helps them to pray in a more profound way. Others find the language a stumbling block in their worship.
This is our standard service when we dont have Holy Communion.
Based on the Church of England’s modern ‘Common Worship’ format, with beautiful words, prayers, hymns and scripture throughout. The service duration is usually 45–60 minutes.
The service can be led by one of our vicars or a lay minister.
Since Covid restrictions have prevented us from singing, we have paused our Taizé provision. We hope to resume it when restrictions have been relaxed.
An hour of reflective chants, silence and prayer, based on music from the Taize monastic community in France.
Uncomplicated worship in a complicated world..
You can listen to 30 secs of a Taize chant here.
Other afternoon & evening services
Quiet, calm evening prayers taken from the Celtic Tradition of worship. A perfect way to end the weekend. The service duration is usually 25-30 minutes.
Service of Light
A quiet, candle lit service containing short reflections on scripture, poetry, and soothing music. The service duration is usually 25-30 minutes.
This is a sung, traditional language service, taken from the ‘Book of Common Prayer’. It is poetic in feel and connects our worship to those from over 500 hundred year ago.